This is How the Queen Reacted to Prince Andrew’s Decision to Step Down From Royal Duties

The royal family has been going through quite a rough season. First, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been entrenched in a legal battle with the British press for their harsh treatment of the royal couple and now, Prince Andrew has had to step down from his royal duties because of his connection to the late Jeffrey Epstein.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Andrew’s behavior, along with his tragic BBC interview, has reflected quite poorly on the royal family. But how has the Queen reacted to all of this?

Prince Andrew’s BBC interview

Amid Epstein’s death, people were calling for Andrew to explain why he was such close friends with a man who was involved in a child prostitution ring.

In the interview, Andrew tried to explain why he went to visit Epstein in 2010 after he had already been convicted of soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution.

He explained that the visit had been to end the friendship face-to-fact.

“I took the judgement call that because this was serious, and I felt that doing it over the telephone was the chicken’s way of doing it, I had to go and see him and talk to him,” he said.

He also used the interview to shoot down Virginia Giuffre’s claims that she met the prince and had sex with him at Ghislaine Maxwell’s house in Belgravia.

Giuffre claimed that the prince was sweating heavily throughout the encounter.

Andrew said that that was impossible.

“I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falklands War when I was shot at and I simply… it was almost impossible for me to sweat,” he said.

Prince Andrew steps down

Amid all of the controversy, Prince Andrew decided that it would be best for him to just step down from his duties as a royal.

On Nov. 20, he released a statement about his decision.

“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” he said.

“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.”

“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein,” the statement continued. “His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigation, if required.”

How did the Queen feel about Prince Andrew stepping down?

The Queen reportedly understood why her son needed to step back.

“Sources at Buckingham Palace are insisting that it was the duke’s decision and that the statement reflects that,” royals expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. “He says in that, that it’s his decision to step down with the queen’s approval. … Reading between the lines, it is my understanding that Andrew understood he had to go. It was made very clear to him in that meeting between him and the queen that he had no choice but to step down from royal duties.”

“It must have been incredibly hard for the queen, his mother — Andrew is widely regarded to be her favorite son — but she recognized that there was a huge amount of damage being done to the monarchy,” Nicholl continued. “He had no option, the queen had no option, but for Andrew to step back from royal duties.”